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Commissioner

Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union

Other Infectious Diseases

Other Infectious Diseases

Europe still faces problems with infectious diseases, many of which pose serious health risks. To better fight and respond to this threat, collaboration between international actors is of pivotal importance. The key EU objectives are to have in place good surveillance systems and proper prevention, preparedness and management strategies. Detecting emerging communicable diseases and outbreaks quickly, and sharing information on their potential for international spread, is crucial for an appropriate EU response.

Since 1999 a Network on communicable disease surveillance and control has been in place to monitor and track developments and alert public health authorities in Member States. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has been operational since May 2005. This new agency will foster a structured and systematic approach to the control of communicable diseases and other serious health threats by helping to reinforce synergies between existing national centres for disease control.